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Are You Obsessed with Eating Healthy? Could It Be Orthorexia Nervosa?

Healthy Eating: It’s something we’re all concerned about but when does obsessing cross the line?

It can be difficult to differentiate “healthy eating” from orthorexia therefore it’s important to know the warning signs as obsessing with healthy eating can lead to serious eating disorders. Orthorexia is a self-deprecating behavior and like other eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, can have severe consequences.

Keep reading to learn about the dangers of orthorexia and what you can do to overcome it.

What is Orthorexia?

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, orthorexia is defined as an “obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating.” The term was first coined in 1998 and is relatively new to professionals who are treating behaviors related to obsessions with food or body image.

More commonly known issues that have stemmed from obsessive self-deprecating behaviors include bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia nervosa. Although orthorexia is an eating disorder, it is considerably harder to diagnose than its counterparts because it’s hard to differentiate between normal and problematic behavior when it comes to healthy eating.

People who suffer from orthorexia tend to be obsessive and are dominated by their fear of eating foods that they perceive to be unhealthy. This behavior can result in severe weight loss, malnutrition, isolation, and under-diagnosis of other obsessive and anxiety disorders.

Orthorexia versus Healthy Eating

When diagnosing orthorexia, it is important to distinguish what separates orthorexia from healthy eating. Incorporating healthy eating habits such as eating a balanced diet and exercising to improve your health is NOT orthorexia. Orthorexia nervosa stems from an obsession with the theory that healthy eating and exercise defines, controls, and commands attention in all aspects of life.

Theories such as these can result in social isolation or psychological disturbances such as depression, guilt, anxiety, fear of social interaction, or the belief that value is found in the practices of “clean” or healthy eating practices and exercise. With orthorexia, the boundary of the individual’s relationship with food is crossed and their daily life becomes impaired. Instead, for someone who suffers from orthorexia, their goal stops being healthy and becomes counterproductive leading to deficiency, fear of food, and an overall less healthy lifestyle.

Risks: What To Look For

A healthy lifestyle can become so restrictive that it can cause fear or anxiety about unhealthy choices. This fear then turns into an obsession and leads to paranoia about eating the wrong foods.

If you have orthorexia, you might:

  • Worry about food quality
  • Avoid eating out or eating food prepared by others
  • Fear of getting sick
  • Show physical signs of malnutrition
  • Bury yourself in food research
  • Refuse to eat certain foods
  • Fear losing control when eating
  • Be overly critical of your friend’s food choices
  • Become highly self-critical

Treatment

Although currently there are no clinical treatments designed to specifically treat orthorexia, many health professionals and eating disorder experts treat orthorexia as a variety of anorexia and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Eating disorders require treatment from qualified and properly trained health professionals. If you or someone you know may be suffering from symptoms and signs of orthorexia nervosa, seek help from your healthcare professional immediately.

For more healthy food ideas or dietary advice, consult with a registered dietitian or a healthcare provider. Be sure to check out our blog for more healthy lifestyle content.

Be Well. Eat Well.

Sarah Wilcox MS RD LD

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Trusted Medical: Combating Human Sex-Trafficking

At Trusted Medical, community is at the heart of what we do. We believe our role in providing exceptional care extends beyond the traditional healthcare setting, outside of the doctor’s office, right in the heart of the community. That’s why we have partnered with Restored Hope Ministries, an organization dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and healing women and their children to normal lives who have been affected by the adverse conditions of life that include sexual exploitation and trafficking, human slavery, sexual abuse, poverty, domestic violence, and interaction with the criminal justice system.

The U.S. Department of Justice says, “of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year, 70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade. The state of Texas ranks second in the country for trafficking, with more than 300,000 annual victims statewide according to research by the University of Texas. The city of Dallas ranks second in the state for trafficking, with an estimated 400 teenagers sold for sex every night on the streets of Dallas according to the Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center.

In efforts to combat this, Trusted Medical engages in anti-trafficking advocacy through the education and training of our frontline healthcare providers to increase awareness and recognize, treat, and report these cases.

Through our partnership with Restored Hope Ministries, we can continue our mission of providing exceptional healthcare and ensuring that nothing interferes with our ability to heal patients in our communities who are sick, injured, or in need of assistance.

As an innovator in healthcare, we are constantly working to improve the patient experience and make healthcare better. Our CNO, Joe Alvarado, identified a knowledge gap in healthcare: the ability to safely recognize, treat, and provide interventions to victims of human trafficking who are present in the healthcare setting.

Our work with Restored Hope has already led to the rescue and treatment of human trafficking survivors. This has a profound impact on our healthcare providers, and we will continue to seek ways in which mission of creating a better environment with more personalized care.

We asked Restored Hope what our program means for the women they save. We are all so moved by the amazing answer:

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Is Your Lower Back Pain a Sign of Something More Serious?

Are you experiencing lower back pain, stiffness, or discomfort that’s interfering with your daily activities?

If so, you’re not alone. More than 31 million Americans experience lower back pain in their lifetime.  

Lower back pain can develop for a plethora of reasons such as your lifestyle, whether it’s sedentary or active, from a chronic health condition, or injuries as a result of a car accident, work, or a slip and fall.

We underestimate our lifestyle and the amount of stress it can put on our lower back, often leading to severe conditions, posture problems, and in more serious cases, a trip to the ER. Although lower back pain is a very common problem that plagues the majority of adults, it’s important to know when your lower back pain warrants a visit to the emergency room. 

Keep reading to learn the 5 most common signs when you should go to the ER for lower back pain.  

5 Signs Your Lower Back Pain Is an Emergency 

You should immediately seek emergency care if your lower back pain is so severe that you cannot wait for a visit with your primary care physician. However, if you are not certain, medical experts advise you to use the following guidelines to determine if your lower back pain requires an ER visit. 

You should go to the ER immediately if your lower back pain is a result of or accompanied by any of the following conditions:  

  • Any recent injury or trauma

Were you in a recent car accident? Did you slip and fall at work? And are you suffering from lower back pain as a result? Sometimes your back pain just can’t wait and it’s important to seek emergency care if your lower back pain is persistent and continues to get worse over time. Unrelenting lower back pain can be the sign of an underlying spinal injury. Spinal injuries are severe and generally do not go away on their own. If your lower back pain has significantly increased over time, go to the ER to prevent it from increasing any further or becoming permanent.

  • Bladder or bowel incontinence

Many people aren’t aware that lower back pain can cause a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you find yourself unable to control your bowels or bladder, it might be a sign of serious nerve compression, spine infection, or even a tumor. Back pain accompanied by bladder or bowel incontinence typically means that there is an infection or tumor that has developed on the nerve sac of the lower spine, which causes severe weakness in the pelvic area. At the ER, healthcare providers can examine your lower back and run tests to identify any problems or clinical conditions.

  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting

Back pain that is accompanied by a fever, nausea, or vomiting is also a sign that you should immediately seek emergency care. Fevers are a sign of infection and are defined as your body temperature reaching 100.4 or higher. If you’re experiencing lower back pain with a fever, it’s often a warning sign that the two could be linked to a spinal or neurological infection.

  • Numbness

Have you recently lost sensation in your arms, legs, or groin, or are you experiencing muscle weakness? Back pain associated with numbness is also another emergency indicator. Seek immediate medical attention if you’re experiencing neurological dysfunctions like leg weakness or any numbness. Numbness in your lower body is generally an indication of an injury to one or more of your critical nerves or something even worse. If your numbness is not treated, it could lead to further damage of the nerves and even total paralysis.

  • Night pain

Do you have lower back pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night? Are you fine during the day, but as soon as you lay down to go to sleep, your lower back pain starts, making it almost impossible to get a good night’s rest? Any back pain that continues to prevent you from sleeping and consistently wakes you up in the middle of the night can be a sign of a disc generation or a sprain. If you’re experiencing night-time back pain, then seek emergency care right away. 

How Can Trusted ER Help You?

It’s critical to know these signs as your lower back pain may be the sign of a serious underlying condition.

If your lower back pain is more severe than a primary care physician can handle, then be sure to seek emergency care at one of our Trusted ER locations near you. We, at Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. 

We have 8 locations where we provide the best-in-class healthcare to patients in the most comfortable environment with exceptional care. Our ER offers limited wait times, as each of our patients is roomed and seen by our clinical team within a few minutes, and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Trusted ER is “Doing the right thing. Every patient. Every time.” 

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson overcame poverty and challenging circumstances to become the  world-renowned neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of cojoined twins who were attached at the back of the head.

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world.

To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Patricia Bath.

This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Ben Carson. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Ben Carson and his groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Early Life & Education

Born in Detroit, Carson was the son of Robert Solomon Carson Jr., a World War II U.S. Army veteran and Cadillac automobile plant laborer and Sonya Carson. His mother, Sonya Carson, grew up in Tennessee in a very large family and dropped out of school in the third grade. After spending time in and out of foster homes and living in poverty, she married 28-year-old Robert Carson at just 13. A few years later, they divorced after Sonya discovered that Robert Carson had a secret family. Robert then moved in with his other family, leaving Sonya to raise her two sons on her own with no money.

The following years, Sonya would raise her sons as a single mother, working 2 or 3 jobs at a time just to make ends meet. However, she would remain very supportive of her sons and pushed for them to get an education. In school, Carson performed poorly as a student until his mother challenged him and his brother with work in addition to their regular schoolwork. She required them to do several reading and writing assignments for several weeks. Carson soon discovered a passion for reading and found it more entertaining than television. Through reading, Carson discovered that he could us his imagination more and developed a strong desire to learn more things. Within a year, Carson’s grades significantly improved, and his teachers and classmates were amazed at his academic improvement. He would receive numerous academic honors for the duration of his school years.

Professional Career 

In 1973, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University where he met Lacena (Candy Rustin). Two years later, the couple married and had three children. In 1977, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned his medical degree and later John Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed a residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins in 1984, he was one of the youngest doctors in the U.S. to earn that title at 32 years old.

In 1987, Carson would make medical history as the neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of cojoined twins. The Binder twins were born joined at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins) and operations such as these had always failed with either one or both twins dying. However, Carson agreed to undertake the operation and worked for 22 hours with a 70-member surgical team led by Carson. The twins were successfully separated after the surgery and were able to live independently. As a result of the surgery, Carson garnered international attention as a renowned neurosurgeon.  

Later Life

Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Carson has also sat on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Kellogg Company, the Academy of Achievement, Costco Wholesale Corporation, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

In 2001, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of the 89 “Living Legends” in its 200th anniversary. In 2008, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President George W. Bush. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010.  

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Carson has written more than 100 neurosurgical publications 5 best-selling books: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” Unleashing Your Potential For Excellence,” “Take The Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk,” The Big Picture,” and “America The Beautiful.”

Carson retired as neurosurgeon but devotes much of his time to public speaking, serving as a keynote speaker at numerous prestigious conferences across the world. Dr. Carson believes it is important to bring value to the world by improving the lives of other human beings and continues to devote his time to serving and helping others. 

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Patricia Bath

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world.

To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Jane C. Wright.

This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Patricia Bath. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Patricia Bath and her groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Early Life & Education

Born in New York City’s Harlem, Bath was the daughter of Rupert Bath, the first black motorman for the New York City’s subway system, and Gladys Bath, a housewife and domestic worker who used her salary to save money for her children’s education. Her father inspired her love for traveling and exploring different cultures and pushed her to pursue her education. Bath developed a passion for science and her mother bought her her first chemistry set.

She attended Charles Evans Hughes High School where she excelled in both science and math. Her excellence in academics would earn her a scholarship to attend a cancer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program’s head, Dr. Robert Bernard, was so impressed with Bath’s discoveries during the program that he presented her finding in a scientific paper at a conference. As a result, Bath earned Mademoiselle Magazine’s Merit Award in 1960.

Bath graduated from high school in just two years and attended Hunter College, where she later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1964. She then attended Howard University to pursue a medical degree and graduated with honors from Howard in 1968. Shortly afterward, she completed an internship at Harlem Hospital and a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University. While studying at Columbia University, she discovered that African Americans were twice as likely to suffer from blindness than other patients to which she attended, and eight times more likely to develop glaucoma.

Her research led to her development of a community ophthalmology system that provided eye care to those in the community who were unable to afford treatment.

Professional Career                                                                                     In 1973, Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology. The following year, she moved to California to work as an assistant professor of surgery at both Charles R. Drew University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

She became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute in 1975. A year later, she co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness which established that eyesight is a basic human right.

Inventor of the Laserphaco Probe

In 1981, Bath began working on her invention that would be later known as the Laserphaco Probe. The device created a less painful and more precise treatment of cataracts. Bath received a patent for the device in 1988, becoming the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent, holding patents in Japan, Canada, and Europe. Her Laserphaco Probe significantly contributed to the restoration of sight of individuals who had been blind for more than 30 years.

Bath would also help create the Ophthalmology Residency Training program at UCLA-Drew and later become its chair in which she would become the first woman in the nation to hold such a position. In 1993, Bath was named a “Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine” and later retired from her position.

Death & Legacy                                                                                         

In 1993, Bath was named a “Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine.” She later retired that same year but her legacy lives on as her groundbreaking discoveries changed the face of ophthalmology and continued to be used to this day.

In 2001, Bath was inducted into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame. She passed on May 30, 2019, at the University of California, San Francisco medical center from cancer-related complications. She was 76.

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Celebrating Black History: “The Mother of Chemotherapy”

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world. To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Charles R. Drew. This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Jane C. Wright. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Jane C. Wright and her groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

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Dr. Jane C. Wright

Early Life & Education

Born in New York City, Wright was the older of two daughters to parents Louis Tompkins Wright and Corinne Wright. Wright comes from a medical family, with her father, Louis Tompkins Wright, as one of the first African Americans to earn an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. Her grandfather, Dr. Ceah Ketcham Wright, was born enslaved but later earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College and her step-grandfather, Dr. William Fletcher Penn, was the first African American to graduate from Yale Medical College.

Growing up, Wright attended private schools in New York City and graduated from Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Three years later, in 1945, Wright graduated from New York Medical College with honors receiving her M.D. degree after an accelerated three-year program.

In 1949, Dr. Wright was hired as a staff physician with the New York City public schools and continued working as a visiting physician at Harlem Hospital. Wright completed her residency at Harlem Hospital where she would later join her father, Dr. Louis Wright, at the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital. While completing her residency at Harlem Hospital, she married David Jones, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate.

Professional Career                                                                                     At Harlem Hospital, Dr. Wright and her father would begin directing cancer research to chemotherapy and investigating anti-cancer chemicals. Chemotherapy was mostly experimental at the time, but Wright and her father would work together in the lab to perform the patient trials. In 1949, the two began testing a new chemical on human leukemias and cancers of the lymphatic system. With her father passing in 1952, Wright would be appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation at the age of 33.

In 1955, Dr. Wright became an associate professor of surgical research at New York University and director of cancer chemotherapy research at New York University Medical Center and its affiliated Bellevue and University hospitals. Her work as director of cancer chemotherapy research developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy and explored the relationship between patient and tissue culture response.

Cancer Research & Studies                                                                    In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Dr. Wright to the President’s Commission on heart disease, cancer, and stroke with a series of treatment centers established for these diseases. She was named professor of surgery, head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department, and associate dean at her alma mater, New York Medical College. Dr. Wright was the highest-ranking African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution at the time.

Wright implemented several programs to study stroke, heart disease, cancer, and created other programs to instruct doctors in chemotherapy. In 1971, she became the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society and would later go on to be a founding member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, (ASCO), an organization that represents 40,000 oncology professionals and is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

Death & Legacy                                                                                         Dr. Wright published more than 100 papers throughout her career and led delegations of cancer researchers to Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe during her groundbreaking years of cancer research.

She later retired in 1987, but her legacy lives on as her groundbreaking discoveries changed the face of medicine and continued to be used to this day.

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Eye Health: How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes While They’re Glued to The Screens

Trusted Senior Director Pediatrics, Kelly Ann Williams MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, has an important reminder for parents whose kids are using screens more than ever before.

Mom and dads, it’s no secret- kids are in front of screens now more than ever before. Growing up in the digital age, from virtual learning to computers, video games, and iPads, kids are averaging about 6 hours of screen time a day and teens almost 9 hours! Although this may seem like “everyday” behavior and normal routine, too much exposure to screen time can lead to behavior and sleep problems and damage the overall health of your child’s eyes. 

Child boy using his mobile phone at home.

If you find that your child or teen is constantly glued to their phone or television screen- don’t panic! Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann, is here to share some tips to help you protect your child’s eyes from suffering as a result of too much screen time. 

Too Much Screen Time Can Damage Your Child’s Eyes 

Eye health is critical to your child’s overall physical health but it’s generally something that is overlooked. Too much screen time for kids can damage their vision and the overall health of their eyes. It can strain their eyes causing eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes, and it can also cause loss of focus flexibility where children find it difficult to adjust to distance vision after staring at a screen.

Limit Your Child’s Screen Time 

 It’s important to set clear limits on how much your child is on screens. You can monitor your child’s screen time by encouraging him or her to spend time outdoors and get exposure to natural daylight – which helps develop their eyes. Establish screen-free zones — like no screen time during meals, in the car, or before bed. And set a clear rule that every 20 mins of screen time means a 2-minute screen-free break. It’s very important to note that while they ARE using the screens — Make sure the distance from the screen to the eyes is 20-40 inches.

Schedule Your Child’s Annual Eye Exam 

Lastly, your child must be scheduled for their yearly eye exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist starting at age 6.

And remember — If your child develops headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, itchy or pain in the eyes seek medical attention — which you can find right here at Trusted Pediatrics. 

As always, we are here for you – “caring for yours as if they were our own.”

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Charles Drew, “Father of the Blood Bank”

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world. To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator. This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Charles R. Drew. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Drew and his groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Early Life & Education 

Born in Washington D.C. to an African American middle-class family, Dr. Drew grew up as an outstanding athlete, whose gifts and talent earned him an athletic scholarship to Amherst College in Massachusetts where he shined as a track and football star. In 1926, he graduated from Amherst College with his bachelor’s degree but did not have enough money to pursue his dream of attending medical school. 

He worked as a biology and chemistry professor and coach at Morgan College, now Morgan State University, until he was able to earn the money to apply to medical school. Two years later, he applied to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he distinguished himself as a top student; winning a prize in neuroanatomy, achieving membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society, ranking second in his graduating class of 127 students, and by earning both Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degrees in 1933. 

After graduation, he worked as a faculty instructor in pathology at Howard University from 1935 to 1936 and later did a surgery residence at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington D.C., becoming both an instructor and an assistant surgeon at the facility. 

In 1938, Dr. Drew received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study at Columbia University and began postgraduate work, earning his Doctor of Science in surgery at Columbia. There, he continued his education and research about blood, and his doctoral thesis, “Banked Blood,” was a study on his discoveries and methods of processing and preserving blood plasma. He discovered that plasma lasts much longer than blood and can therefore be stored or “banked” for longer periods as the plasma could be dried and then preserved when needed. Drew became the first African American to receive his doctorate from Columbia University. 

World War II & The Need for Blood      

His thesis and research at Columbia earned him great recognition, and Dr. Drew was asked to serve as the medical director for a special medical project known as “Blood for Britain” which provided life-saving blood supplies for both British soldiers and civilians. With World War II raging and the number of casualties growing, the demand for life-saving blood supplies and materials drastically increased. As the medical director for “Blood for Britain,” Drew supervised the successful collection of roughly 14,500 pints of plasma for the British. 

In February 1941, Drew was appointed medical director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank. He developed a blood bank to be used for the U.S. Army and Navy, but became frustrated with the military’s request for segregating blood donations by African Americans. 

He argued strongly against the exclusion of blood donations by African American donors and plasma-supply networks. Later, the U.S. military would accept blood donations for African Americans but required that those donations be stored separately from that of whites. Outraged by this policy, he resigned from his official posts, after seven months. 

Death & Legacy   

Drew returned to Howard University in 1941, where he served as a surgeon and professor of medicine, as the head of the university’s department of surgery. He became chief surgeon at Freedman’s Hospital and in the same year became the first African American examiner for the American Board of Surgery. 

In recognition of his work and success on the British and American blood bank projects, the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal in 1944. Both Virginia State College and his alma mater, Amherst, presented him with an honorary doctor-of-science degree in 1945 and 1947. 

A highly regarded medical professional, Drew remained active in the final years of his life. On April 1, 1950, Drew was driving with three other physicians to the annual meeting of the John A. Andrews Association in Tuskegee, Alabama, when his car struck the soft shoulder of the road and overturned. Drew was severely injured and rushed to a nearby hospital in Burlington, North Carolina where he succumbed to his injuries just a half-hour later. His three passengers survived the crash. 

At his untimely death, Drew was only 45 years old and left behind his wife, Minnie, his four children, and a legacy of inspiration and service. Since his passing, Drew continues to receive countless posthumous honors. In 1981, Drew was issued a stamp in his honor in the U.S. Postal Service’s Great Americans stamp series. Numerous schools, health, and education institutions have been named in his honor. To read more about Dr. Drew and how his work still impacts our society, visit Dr. Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered University dedicating to cultivating diverse health professions leaders and preserving Dr. Drew’s legacy.

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Changing Your Eating Habits: The Right Way

It’s a new year, which means out with the old and in with the new. This includes unhealthy eating habits we’ve struggled to break throughout the year. For many, the new year signals a fresh start and the chance to make a change. So, what better way to start the new year than by changing your eating habits?

When trying to create a healthy eating routine, several things can make the commitment to eating better difficult. Eating habits develop over a lifetime and many things play a role in why we eat what we eat. From culture to upbringing, to time management and social environment, trying to change these behaviors overnight is nearly impossible. 

Instead, set healthy goals and focus on healthy outcomes. Remember, if your goal makes you hate what you eat, belittle yourself, feel shameful, guilty, or lose joy in the food you’re eating, you will not be successful in your efforts. 

Healthy eating concept with fresh vegetables and salad bowls on kitchen stone worktop.

Trusted Registered Dietitian, Sarah Wilcox, has some helpful tips to help you set healthy goals and change your eating habits the right way: 

7 items to remember to help you make healthy goals:

  1. The purpose of the scale 

When you’re on the scale, staring at that number, remember this: The scale can only see the relative mass or amount of matter contained in a body in a numerical form. It cannot tell you if you are healthy, fit, beautiful, handsome, worthy of praise, or meeting your goals. Although it can be tempting to base your progress on your weight, your goals don’t always need to center around weight loss. Changing your eating habits happens progressively and can have a variety of results. 

  1. Start with SMART goals 

One of the primary reasons people are not successful in changing their eating habits is because they make goals that are too broad or too strict. When it comes to making healthy aspirations, start with SMART goals. In 1968, Psychologist Dr. Edwin Locke created a way to set goals that produce ideal performance outcomes. He called his goal-setting strategy SMART. 

Specific – Make sure there is no room for confusion. Do not say “I want to lose weight.” Say “I want to lose 5 pounds by the end of the month.” 

Measurable – Make sure there is a simple way to track your progress. You can use a journal or download an nutrition / calorie counting app to help you keep track of the wins.

Attainable – Challenge yourself but do not set goals that cannot be attained, such as, trying to change everything at once, several goals at a time, or an unrealistic goal like, “I want to lose 20 pounds in a week.” 

Realistic – Make sure your goals are within reach and something to which you can make a commitment. For example, if you never eat salad, don’t try to switch to an all-salad diet in your first few weeks or even months of changing your eating habits.

Time-bound – Give yourself a time limit or deadline to meet the goal. Circle that date on the calendar and try to stick to it!

  1. Focus on What Really Matters.

Obsession with food, weight, a number, a diet plan, or weight loss goals does not lead to a successful outcome. Commitment to realistic goals that don’t make you feel deprived, is one way to fight obsession with strict guidelines and rules. Deprivation most often leads to overconsumption later on and makes it all the more challenging to change your eating habits.

  1. Practice self-compassion

You are not defined by a number or another person’s idea of what healthy looks like. An easy way to do this is to think of a compassionate person you know, a family member or friend who is kind to you. Then imagine how that person’s voice sounds, the way he or she responds to you, and how their response makes you feel. 

Think of how their words are positive towards your progress. When you come to a point of difficulty in a healthy habit goal, remember to not use verbiage they would not use toward you. Practice self-encouragement and calm reassurance as if that person is talking to you. 

  1. Emotional foods 

Comfort foods and emotional eating are tied to trying to find an escape from negative emotions. Emotional eating typically leads to more negative outcomes long-term. If you want a way to escape negative internal emotions, it’s important to remember you will likely not find it in an external source. 

  1. Striving for perfection 

Perfect does not exist in the world of healthy eating. “Eating clean” is a broad term and its meaning can change depending on who says it. Keep in mind goals change day to day, week to week, and as life changes. Think about your daily activities. Some days you are sitting on a couch binge-watching your favorite streaming service, and other days you are playing a sport or running errands. Therefore, you cannot exactly pinpoint your daily activities because life happens, and things will constantly change your plan. However, you can strive for a few basics: 

  1. Increase your fruit and vegetable consumption
  2. Be active, even if that means going on a 15 minute walk at any point during the day.
  3. Change your plan based on your daily needs. If you’re less active, you need fewer calories.
  4. Get support. Join a group or a phone a friend, but don’t try to do it alone. Big life-changing goals always need a support system. Find a family member, friend, or schedule a consultation with a registered dietitian you can count on to help you reach your goals.

The most important reminder: You can do this! Many people before you and many people after you will successfully change their eating habits toward a healthier lifestyle, and you can too. 

Good luck on your new healthy eating journey!

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First-Aid Kit Checklist: 5 Essentials for Your At-Home First-Aid Kit

As parents, we’ve all been there – you’re at the park and your child falls and scrapes their knee. Or while playing on the playground, your child gets stung by a bee. Before tending to your little one’s wound, the first question you ask yourself is: Do I have a first-aid kit available? 

Keeping a well-stocked first-aid kit is important for parents. You want to make sure that you are ready at all times to treat basic injuries, illnesses, prevent infection, and avoid any unnecessary trips to the urgent care. 

A well-stocked first-aid kit should be kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and is a must-have for every home. Many doctors and nurses also advise parents to keep first-aid kits in their cars and to bring them on family vacations for emergencies. Having the right supplies ahead of time is key, therefore it’s important to know exactly which items you should keep in your first-aid kit.  

Here are the 5 most essential items that you should keep in your first-aid kit: 

  • Band-aids
  • Bottled water
  • Tweezers
  • Children’s Motrin
  • Antibiotic cream 

1.Band-aids 

Band-aids are essential for covering wounds as it protects it from any kind of friction, bacteria, damage, or dirt. The bandage adds another layer of protection and allows the wound to heal faster, speeding up the overall healing process. Band-aids also meet the emotional needs of children, serving as a physical and visual reminder that they are being nurtured, loved, cared for, and protected by those who are treating the injury or wound. Band-aids give children a sense of comfort and allow them the opportunity to continue being active until the wound is completely healed. They should always be included in your first-aid kit.

2.Bottled water 

One of the most important parts of wound care is having bottled water. Bottled water should always be nearby for two main reasons: To use as emergency drinking water when your child is dehydrated and to clean a wound. When tending to a wound, you can flush the wound with clean water to remove any contamination. 

3.Tweezers 

Did your child get a splinter and need to pull it out? Did they get stung by a bee or pricked by ticks or thorns? Tweezers can do the trick and can pull these right out. Tweezers are the safest way to remove any foreign material that’s too small to be picked out with your hands or fingers. Be sure to always disinfect the tweezers with alcohol before and after each use. 

4.Children’s Motrin 

Is your child experiencing any pain from an illness or injury or are they fighting a fever? Children’s Motrin is a good choice as it can help soothe and reduce any pain or fever that your child may experience. Be sure to read and follow all directions on the product package before using this medication. If you have any questions regarding this or any medication, consult with a medical professional. 

5.Antibiotic cream  

If your child loves to play outdoors, it’s important to keep some antibiotic cream in your first-aid kit to treat any wounds that may come from playing outdoors. Antibiotic cream is used to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scrapes, burns, and any type of mild skin infections. When applying the cream to the affected area, it soothes the skin and helps clean the wound. Antibiotic cream sterilizes wounds, helps prevent infection, and promotes faster healing. 

Remember, it’s very important to always have a well-stocked first-aid kit readily available and nearby so that you can access the items and treat your children’s injuries as quickly as possible.

 If your child’s injury is more severe than a first-aid kit can handle then be sure to bring them in. We, at Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. We have a pediatric urgent care, a pediatric emergency room, and a brand-new pediatric service that will come right to your home. My Trusted Pediatrics offers calls to pediatric experts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and visits right to your home. 

Trusted Pediatrics is always  “caring for yours as if they were our own.”